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Fastest Game

On Two Feet A Community Volunteer Brings Lacrosse – and the Art of Play – to Local Campus by G. CLEVELAND KILGORE 919 Magazine Writer

It’s described as the fastest sport on two feet – and now, thanks largely to local resident Deanna Lape – lacrosse is a part of Brier Creek Elementary School in North Raleigh. “I enjoy seeing children grow and develop new skills through the art of play, regardless of the sport or activity,” said Lape, a married mother of two, community volunteer, and Principal Visual UX/ UI Product Designer at SAS. But she describes lacrosse is one of the fastest growing, most exciting youth sports in the United States today. “Our boys have been playing for a few years and have absolutely loved the experience,” the Brier Creek Country Club resident said. “We would often encourage their friends to play, but realized that equipment costs and time commitments can be a barrier for those just wanting to try it out.” Looking for a way to introduce the game to more youths, Lape learned about a grant program available through US Lacrosse. “I applied for the grant, and Brier Creek Elementary was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the recipients.”

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Deanna Lape Profile RESIDENCE: YEARS AT RESIDENCE: AGE: PROFESSION: EDUCATION:

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Brier Creek Country Club, Village of Doral; North Raleigh 13 47 Principal Visual UX/ UI Product Designer, SAS Rochester Institute of Technology (Masters of Fine Arts for Computers Graphic Design); Advanced Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Design Bucknell University (Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Studio Art) Buffalo, NY Running Club Coordinator (2010-2016), Flag football Coordinator (2015-2017), Youth Lacrosse Director (2017) – Brier Creek Elementary School; Youth Travel Baseball Coach (2013-2015) – West Raleigh Baseball Association, Raleigh; Youth Basketball Director (2016-2017) – Oak City Basketball; Health & Wellness board member (2014) – Brier Creek Elementary School; SAS Employee Advocacy Program ­– Cary Husband, Brian; two sons: Brandon (12, Pine Hollow Middle), and Cameron (10, Brier Creek Elementary) Sports, coaching, cooking, camping, hiking, time with family, socializing with friends

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